January 14, 2019

This morning I am overwhelmed with gratitude and thankfulness for the blessing of having brothers and sisters in Christ. As many of you know (those of you who come to my posts through Facebook), I really Did. Not. Want. To. Post. Yesterday’s. Blog. I especially did not want to post a link to it on my personal Facebook page, filled with people who actually know me and would be able to glimpse the woe-is-me, self-centered attitude I sometimes struggle with that was in full swing yesterday. Yet since I have posted that, there has been such an outpouring of love, of understanding, of prayer. I have received messages on my Facebook page (something I had been dreading, but now honestly appreciate), text messages, and even messages from strangers who stumbled across my blog by other means. All I can say is a big THANK YOU!

At my church, we have a saying: Do life together. We know we need each other, which is one reason I try not to hesitate to share blogs like the one I wrote yesterday. We can’t really, truly be there for each other unless we are honest, and—again, as we say at my church—God made us for community. The most common response, along with encouragement, was “me too.” So many people struggle with feelings of being “not enough,” but this morning I am able to recall to mind 2 Cor. 5:10 (NIV), a verse that encourages me and reminds me to keep my eyes on Jesus, rather than myself:

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

He’s working on us, in us, and through us, friends! Like Moses, as we gaze upon him, we can’t help but start to reflect him in our countenance, our very being (Ex. 34:29-35).

Thank you, again, for your encouragement and prayers. I am praying for you too!